Benefits of Commonwealth Games

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Last time we looked at the incredible paced up infrastructure development taking place in Delhi over the recent past in lieu of the Commonwealth Games. We have a new drinking water supply system–Sonia Vihar– providing water to the eastern part of city. We have new sewage system put in place across the city by the authorities. We have an entirely new network of roads and flyovers connecting the city with Domestic and International Terminals. Gurgaon and Jaipur have come closer. We have the Delhi Metro Railway System in place connecting and criss-crossing the Delhi NCR region.

We have renewed focus on solid waste management by local authorities though the Bhagidari scheme. We have put in place over the last few years, airport beautification and expansion, both for domestic and international terminals. We have the existing Indian Railway connecting Delhi to all corners of the country through Rajdhani networks. New sports complexes have come up and existing stadiums renewed.

Then there are the Department of Environment advertisements, showcasing Delhi to be a clean and green city, which has banned the use of plastic bags, which is meeting a good consumer response. Posters of hygienic municipal hazardous waste disposal system for hospital waste are also seen at places. Most recently, the city has seen the Bed and Breakfast possibility in residential area for hosting the guests coming into the city. Construction of the Commonwealth Games Village is on right now and it promises of making the houses available as cheap housing for residents after the Games are over.

I had argued earlier that in the context of the conversation that constitutes the agreement about success of the Commonwealth Games, there is consensus by authority, on the success of the CWG to take place in Delhi in one and a half years time. Each of us will be impacted by it no doubt. The intention is to understand the impact of the Games on the individual, the group or the community in our society that may have left unnoticed in the planning of the CWG. We should also hgave the courage to be insightfully truthful of the real cost, be it socio-economic, cultural, religious, personal, of the success of CWG 2010 and the benefits of hosting such a world event in the face of a global recession.

We must also appreciate the context from which the resistance to the Games is being posed and by whom. All this should be taken into account. This would allow us to choose or not to choose, to take actions that are more environment friendly, people friendly and technologically efficient. It goes without saying that the middle class will definitely stand to benefit the maximum out of the service contracts, the infrastructure constructed, the services delivered, through tourism, development of transport, IT, SWM or hospital waste treatment or Bhagidari scheme or bread and breakfast facilities, you name it. And that could not always be good for an inclusive urban development.

This post has been revised since it was first written.

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33 Comments on “Benefits of Commonwealth Games”

  • Ahsan Javed wrote on 13 March, 2010, 12:00

    This is fact what you have mentioned above. But there are some confusiona among people who are thinking that the benifit of games will be not come to us but it will be more benifitable for those persons who are coduting the games and for those who are from higher classes. Tell me what is the benifit for common Indian people by this games who are living under poverty lines?

  • Ahsan Javed wrote on 13 March, 2010, 12:01

    This is fact what you have mentioned above. But there are some confusions among people who are thinking that the benifit of games will be not come to us but it will be more benifitable for those persons who are coduting the games and for those who are from higher classes. Tell me what is the benifit for common Indian people by this games who are living under poverty lines?

  • Vinay Panwar wrote on 19 March, 2010, 1:29

    These games are going to be beneficial for whole country. For example- as foreign tourists will come, Indian economy is gonna go upward definitely; the infrastructure, government is developing, is gonna get used by everyone (not by just high class people); infrastructure is key issue for the country’s development (country development means the development of 118 crore people); if games will finish without any trouble (terrorism, stampede, and all other problems), country’s image is also gonna improve in global environment (country’s image means your image, my image, 118 crore people’s image); India is going to get foreign currency. And there are lot more benefits to every Indian citizen. So, just support the games, support India and support yourself.

  • manjeet rathi wrote on 15 April, 2010, 19:16

    come forward to join hands,to put india first.These games are going to be beneficial for whole country. For example- as foreign tourists will come, Indian economy is gonna go upward definitely; the infrastructure, government is developing, is gonna get used by everyone (not by just high class people); infrastructure is key issue for the country’s development (country development means the development of 118 crore people); if games will finish without any trouble (terrorism, stampede, and all other problems), country’s image is also gonna improve in global environment (country’s image means your image, my image, 118 crore people’s image); India is going to get foreign currency. And there are lot more benefits to every Indian citizen. So, just support the games, support India and support yourself.

  • manjeet rathi wrote on 15 April, 2010, 19:19

    Have the courage to be insightfully truthful of the cost, the socio- economic cultural religious, the personal gender and body/ head count cost, of this success of CW Games and the benefits of hosting such a world event especially in the face of a Global/ world recession. Appreciate the context from which the resistance to the games is posed and by whom and what we should take it into account. This would allow us to choose or not to choose to take actions that are more environment friendly, people friendly, technology efficient. Be present that the middle class will stand to benefit the maximum out of the service contracts, the infrastructure constructed, the services delivered in food tourism transport, I/T, SWM or hospital waste treatment or Bhagidari scheme or bread and breakfast facilities, you name it

  • kriti wrote on 24 April, 2010, 16:47

    my comment wont just be a comment ,it says the government that if the cw games r being held in india r we people safe .
    police officers say we r safe but we cant trust them as u can take an eg 4 the mumbai attacks …………… there is a saying .hope 4 best $b prepared 4 the worst was our gvernment prepared at the time of mumbai attacks …………….
    if these cw games go safe i wud appreciate the officers but if a single but small things also happens …………….its the government who has 2 ans the common people.

  • kriti wrote on 25 April, 2010, 12:10

    Have the courage to be insightfully truthful of the cost, the socio- economic cultural religious, the personal gender and body/ head count cost, of this success of CW Games and the benefits of hosting such a world event especially in the face of a Global/ world recession. Appreciate the context from which the resistance to the games is posed and by whom and what we should take it into account. This would allow us to choose or not to choose to take actions that are more environment friendly, people friendly, technology efficient. Be present that the middle class will stand to benefit the maximum out of the service contracts, the infrastructure constructed, the services delivered in food tourism transport, I/T, SWM or hospital waste treatment or Bhagidari scheme or bread and breakfast facilities, you name it

  • kriti wrote on 25 April, 2010, 12:10

    These games are going to be beneficial for whole country. For example- as foreign tourists will come, Indian economy is gonna go upward definitely; the infrastructure, government is developing, is gonna get used by everyone (not by just high class people); infrastructure is key issue for the country’s development (country development means the development of 118 crore people); if games will finish without any trouble (terrorism, stampede, and all other problems), country’s image is also gonna improve in global environment (country’s image means your image, my image, 118 crore people’s image); India is going to get foreign currency. And there are lot more benefits to every Indian citizen. So, just support the games, support India and support yourself.

  • kriti wrote on 25 April, 2010, 12:11

    This is fact what you have mentioned above. But there are some confusiona among people who are thinking that the benifit of games will be not come to us but it will be more benifitable for those persons who are coduting the games and for those who are from higher classes. Tell me what is the benifit for common Indian people by this games who are living under poverty lines?

  • vaishali poddar wrote on 29 April, 2010, 18:57

    this is a fact what we have mentioned above.
    commonwealth games are gonna going to change delhi wholly ……………

  • Ishani wrote on 30 April, 2010, 23:43

    The Games are a huge disaster for Delhi, is a fact that one can see when walking in the city today. We should have first developed basic infrastructure and then thought of having the Games. Now, we have no real infrastructure…and we are taking the jump into getting super-infrastructure…with neither the expertise in creating and maintaining it…nor having it match to the existing infra..really sad state of affairs.

  • SARITA SETH wrote on 19 July, 2010, 15:50

    All of this is okk but Delhi will rock with the commanwealth games…………..!!!!!!!!!

  • SARITA SETH wrote on 19 July, 2010, 15:51

    all of this is okkk but Delhi will rock with the commanwealth games….!!!!!!!!!

  • gaurav kumar wrote on 19 July, 2010, 19:03

    common wealth game is a golden opportunities for the Indian people to show their
    dignity.

  • Gaurav kumar ( From J.N.V. Faridabad wrote on 19 July, 2010, 19:06

    वैसे भी हमें विदेशियों की ही अधिक चिंता रहती है। इंग्लैंड की महारानी दिल्ली को एक बार गंदा कह गई थीं तो हम खूब शर्मसार हुए थे। ऑस्ट्रेलियाई क्रिकेट टीम ने दिल्ली में खेलने से इनकार कर दिया था तो भी हमें खुद पर शर्मिंदगी हुई थी। कॉमनवेल्थ गेम्स फेडरेशन के कमिशन ने जब आकर कहा कि दिल्ली तो तैयार नहीं है तो एकदम घबराहट भी फैली और काम भी तेज हुआ अन्यथा हम मान रहे थे कि तैयारी तो हो ही जाएगी

  • tinku wrote on 20 July, 2010, 2:27

    Yaar mai toh tv band rakhunga jab tak common wealth hongi..kyonki har roz nayi khabar sunne ko milegi ke ITO mein pani bharne ki wajhe se eek angrez road cross kar raha tha aur woh khule gatar mein gir giya…aur kahin khabar milegi..taxi wala kissi gori ko utha ke le giya kahin khabar milegi delhi mein itni gandgi dekh kar eek angreez bhihosh ho giya….yaar bahoot besti hone wali hai delhi ki…itna paisa kharch karke bhi inho ne kuch nahi kia…delhi gandi ki gandi hi hai…itna malba itni mitti…15000 crore rupee lage hain delhi ko sudharne ke..par mujhe lagta hai 15000 mein se 15 hazar ka kaam kia nahi lagta…..yaar hum logo ko hi kuch karna chahiye..aur upper se terrorists ka itna khatra…pehli baat toh yeh hai india pakistan se bahoot darta hai isliye hamla nahi karta…sharam ati hai indian bolte hue…sare ke sare corrupt log india mein bhej diye bhagwan ne….chalo eek taraf se achaa hi kia puri duniya mein india jaise log hote toh duniya puri lutero se bhar jati

  • jeel wrote on 11 August, 2010, 20:40

    it’s very nice oppurcunity. because help of the commanwealth game people interested in other games.

  • VISHAL wrote on 15 August, 2010, 0:10

    YES COMMONWELTH GAME WILL BE BENEFICIAL FOR US BECAUSE SEE WHEN OTHER COUNTRY’S PLAYERS WILL COME IN OUR COUNTRY THEN FOREGIN CURRENCY WILL DEFINITELY GROW UP THINK IF GAME WILL COMPLETE PROPERLY THEN INDIA IS THE ONE OF THE COUNTRY WHERE COMMON WELTH GAME IS PLAYED.ISN’T IT WONDERFUL.THEN WE PROUDLY SAY THAT JAI HIND.AND HOPE THAT INDIA WILL WIN THAT GAME

  • ramit wrote on 17 August, 2010, 19:13

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  • shruti wrote on 31 August, 2010, 20:54

    i thnk commonwealth games dat r bng held in india is gonnu b beneficial…as indi’s economy will raise n olso delhi is bnd mordenizd whch is most imprtnt in today’s world…………people lyk da places dat hv better infrastructure………………bt as it is…….every coin hv two faces,n so v r at a loss too..bt being benefited da most……..

  • S S Pokhriyal wrote on 13 September, 2010, 19:27

    First of all is moment of pride for our country that we are hosting a such international event. Commonwealth games are going to be beneficial for whole country but it is depent our mentality to understand the things. Following are the development key factor which directly/indirectly benificial to us:-
    (a) Infrastructure development which is also benificial post game and provide world class game complexand stadium.
    (b) At present our new generation is only facinated with cricket and everybody can’t reach at that level.So it is the new moment for our country if new generation attached in different event.
    (c) Arrival of foreign tourists will benificial to our economy, tourism and they also know rich culture of incrideable India.
    (d) Improving the environmnt,landscaping and Cleen and green Delhi.
    (e) Future benifits of Road,Flyovers,new Sonia-vihar drinking water scheme,New water sewage system, solid waste management as ” Bhagidari Yojna”.
    All the best for orgnising comitee,players,driver,catters and for those who are directly and indirectly involved in a such world class event.
    ” Mera Bharat Mahan”.

  • Anil Rehan wrote on 13 September, 2010, 22:27

    Wo sab to theek hai S S Pokhriyalji, par “Sau mein se 99 beimaan, fir bhi “Mera Bharat Mahan” wala attitude hume fayda kya dilayega.

    Infrastructure has been developed..but it is THIRD CLASS. Footpath abhi poora bhi nahi hota, ki tiles toot jaati hain. Thodi se baarish meing sadak hi cave in ho jaati hain.

    None of the sports venues are ready on time for sportsman to practice. The selection process is so corrupt that it keeps the best players away. Those who get selected are caught in doping cases.

    Foreign tourist to tab ayenge jab unhe achi facilities, disease free shehar dekhne ko milega. Tourism se zyada wo to apni health ke baare mein soch rahein hain….aur zyada logo ne booking bi nai karwai. Construction ka kaam baarishon mein chala…to dilli dengue mein doob gayi.

    Improving the environment, ki looting the environment…ped saare kaat kar dilli ke baahar laga diye…garibon ko ab parks mein chupa rahe hain

    Present to destroy ho gaya, future ko dilli ko world class banane ke chakkar mein nasht kar diya hai.

  • rishabh mishra wrote on 25 September, 2010, 21:48

    organising a nationl level game is nt a childs play at all and that too for the first time i think it to be a great job and may india rock in these games and improve the standered of indian sport….

  • anantina wrote on 14 October, 2010, 10:31

    ***k

  • Ashish wrote on 18 October, 2010, 16:41

    he PWD, MCD, DDA, NDMC, CPWD and RITES are among the organizations which stand implicated in corruption. The Chief Technical Examiner Organisation (CTEO) report of the CVC indicates that work has been awarded at higher rates and to ineligible agencies, bids tampered with, irregularities in issue of tenders, and ‘upgradation’ of various facilities without establishing the need for such upgradation. While the whole raison d’etre of the Games is said to be the setting up of ‘world class’ sports and infrastructural facilities in the national Capital, the CTEO report of the CVC has listed a series of cases in which quality has been deliberately compromised and quality tests fabricated. Already, the effect of such poor quality constructions are beginning to show: a section of the false ceiling at the Yamuna Sports Complex collapsed after heavy rains, and at a test event at the SP Mukherjee Swimming Complex, a swimmer was hurt thanks to the shoddy construction.

  • yatin wrote on 18 October, 2010, 19:55

    cw game hv sucessfully held by orgnization comm. m hpy wd athelte performance.ok.thax pwd, cwg and delhi public 4 reperstng indian culture.jai hind.jai ho.

  • kavita sharma wrote on 18 October, 2010, 19:59

    thanx 4 sucessfull cw games.thnx india

  • khushboo wrote on 31 October, 2010, 21:24

    thanks 4 successful CWG,thanks 2 India that organize a good cw games

  • ayon wrote on 21 November, 2010, 19:48

    it is beneficial to organise cwg in india as the heralding of cwg has given a wonderful opportunity to the megapolis deihi to become the most sports conscious city amongst the developing nations

  • anjali wrote on 21 December, 2010, 20:13

    hi……….i am very happy about the successful CWG in india.When i went london my friends there appreciated my country(india) that how she hoisted the 2010 commonwealth games

  • Sajith Anandan wrote on 24 December, 2010, 8:49

    The CWG 2010 turned out to be the most successful games for India. It made country proud.

  • pratik wrote on 3 March, 2012, 21:19

    how can we take part in swimingsport in common wealth games

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